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Kelly Ryoo co-PI on $1 million NSF-funded project

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The National Science Foundation has awarded $1 million to a UNC-Chapel Hill project that will work to promote mentoring for women and underrepresented groups in STEM fields. School of Education faculty member Kelly Ryoo is a co-principal investigator on the project.


The three-year project – titled “Targeting Equity in Access to Mentoring (TEAM ADVANCE)” – aims to promote faculty mentoring for women and underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, with a particular focus on women and women of color across the University.

The UNC ADVANCE-Adaptation grant proposal, Targeting Equity in Access to Mentoring (TEAM ADVANCE) was among the eight grant proposals funded from the 47 proposals submitted, said Erin Malloy, the lead principal investigator for the grant. Other co-PIs for the grant are Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Robert A. Blouin; professor Jaye E. Cable, chair of the environment, ecology and energy program; and Kia Caldwell, professor in the department of African, African-American and diaspora studies.

“This grant gives us an opportunity to develop mentoring strategies that meet the needs of all faculty who turn to the University for deeper understanding and stronger support,” said Malloy, director of the Center for Faculty Excellence. The center will administer the grant in collaboration with the Carolina Women’s Center, the College of Arts & Sciences and the Schools of Education, Medicine, Public Health, Pharmacy, and Library Science.

Ryoo’s participation in the project will focus on developing mentoring programs for young faculty. She will also co-lead data collection and analysis, as well as internal evaluations of the project.